OMA completes its First Scientific Building, the New Engineering School of CentraleSupélec

New Engineering School of CentraleSupélec by OMA. Photograph © Philippe Ruault. Image courtesy OMA
31/08/2017
OMA completes its First Scientific Building, the New Engineering School of CentraleSupélec
[PAR] France
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
New Engineering School of CentraleSupélec by OMA. Photograph © Philippe Ruault. Image courtesy OMA
OMA’s first scientific laboratory and engineering school, Lab City CentraleSupélec in Paris Saclay, has been completed on budget and schedule, and will open to students this September to commence the academic year.
The architectural approach to Lab City is based on an urban grid of independent blocks which house laboratories and classrooms. As the blocks increase in height, their roof terraces provide open workspaces for students and views to the heart of the structure.
 
A large translucent roof covers the public areas of the school (streets, terraces, and center square), creating a beautiful, fully daylit interior city space. The building is intersected by a diagonal street, which extends the public route connecting the university with the surrounding campus.
 
Ellen van Loon, OMA’s partner-in-charge: “The most exciting aspect of this project was to invent a new spatial concept for a globally leading engineering school, at a time when multiple scientific disciplines must vigorously mix and collaborate to remain competitive.”
 
CentraleSupélec, formed in 2015 by a merger between Ecole Centrale Paris and Supélec, is one of the most prestigious French grandes écoles specialized in engineering. Situated at the heart of the future district Joliot-Curie, for which OMA has developed the masterplan, the new building is part of a 22ha campus that will place the universi...read more
Architects
OMA.
The project was led by Ellen van Loon and project architect Edouard Pervès.
Competition team
Fred Awty, Felicity Barbur, Clément Blan
chet, Eugenio Cardoso, Alicia Casals, Phil Handley, Helena Hiriart, Li Huang, Didzis Jaunzems, Sangwoo Kim, Pierre-Jean Le Maitre, Maria Aller Rey, Ida Stople
Design development team
Project architect.- Clément Blanchet.
Edouard Pervès. Saskia Simon. --- Team.- Pedro Pitarch Alonso, Anton Anikeev, Tolis Apostolidis, Gabriella Bandeira, Lourdes Carretero Botran, Jonathan Bourhis, Matthieu Boustany, Paloma Bule, Eugenio Cardoso, Alban Denic, Gilles Guyot, Christopher Hayman, Aleksandar Joksimovic, Cristina Martin de Juan, Min Hong Khor, Sangwoo Kim, Lina Kwon, Pierre-Jean Le Maitre, Elida Mosquera Martinez, Ioana Mititelu, Edmondo Occhipinti, John Paul Pacelli, Marcus Parviainen, Maria Aller Rey, Ana Rubin, Kristin Schaefer, Jad Semaan, Timur Shabaev, Saul Smeding, Lingxiao Zhang.
Construction team
Project architect.- Edouard Pervès.
Site Manager.- Mauro Altana --- Team.- Joanna Fregnac, Glaucia Hanne, Cristina Martin de Juan, Iris Maass, Pierre-Jean Le Maitre, Vitor Oliveira, Saskia Simon
Collaborators
Architectural support.- Clément Blanche
t Architecture. Landscape.- D'Ici Là. Engineer.- Bollinger+Grohmann, ALTO Ingénierie, DHV. Consultant.- APEX Brian Cody, DAL, DUCKS, Cuisine et Concept, Polygraphik. Models.- Vincent de Rijk. Imagery.- Artefactory
Client
CentraleSupélec
Venue
Plateau de Saclay - Gif-sur-Yvette, Fran
ce
Dates
Competition.- 2013.
Schematic design - Design development - Construction Documentation.- since 2014. Completed.- 2017
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